Lot 416

Hershey 2018

1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron


$115,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
KB 3639
Engine No.
K 9376
Body No.
  • The most desirable body style offered
  • One of only three intact examples on the 145-in. wheelbase Model KB chassis
  • Owned for over 50 years by beloved enthusiast Delyle “Del” Beyer
  • Very well known among Lincoln enthusiasts
  • Believed to have 86,990 actual miles

The example offered here is the most desirable body style, the sporting convertible roadster by LeBaron on the 145-inch-wheelbase Model KB chassis. Lincoln factory records indicate that 45 examples of this body were produced for 1934. Only four remain in existence – one a basket case that was severely damaged in a fire, and three intact examples, including this one.

Early history of this 1934 Lincoln begins with well-known dealer, Tom Barrett of Arizona, who had it restored by James O. Rodgers of Phoenix. Barrett sold it in March 1964 to early collector Michael Strater of Los Angeles, equipped with the present later Model K-series engine. In the spring of 1965, Strater sold the car to his contemporary Delyle “Del” Beyer of Wisconsin, who picked it up in California and drove it back to the Dairy State, “driving at 50 to 60 mph most of the time. I had lots of ice and snow on the way home . . . . My family and I are very happy with the car and will take care of it.”

Mr. Beyer did exactly that. He kept and maintained the car for over 50 years, during which time it became very well known in the Classic Car Club of America. In 1990 it appeared in Beverly Rae Kimes’ famous book, The Classic Car, in which it was noted that Mr. Beyer had already driven it about 40,000 miles. Only following his recent passing was it sold to the present owner, who has decided to part with it as it represents a duplicate in his fine collection.

One of only two surviving convertible roadsters on the long 145-inch-wheelbase Model KB chassis of 1934, and the only example available for sale, this is Del Beyer’s famous Lincoln – accompanied today by fascinating 1960s documentation, Beyer’s maintenance log, and a copy of its Lincoln build record information, to another fine caretaker. Perhaps it is time for another drive from Arizona to Wisconsin.